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Need advice finalizing budget $500 gaming build

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June 8, 2010 9:03:08 PM

That looks pretty good, but you might finding yourself wanting more RAM after it's all said in done.
June 8, 2010 9:03:57 PM

Hello, I'm trying to put together a budget gaming build for my brother.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: $500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900
Primarily used for games (WoW,TF2,LFD,Borderlands etc)

Here is what I had in mind:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1339

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148194

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.406235

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX440WFGIBOX + Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.411011

Grand Total: $508.18

Shooting for max settings @ 1600x900. I've been researching for 3 days now trying to bring the price down as low as I can without skimping on certain parts. So, any help is greatly appreciated :)  .
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June 8, 2010 9:07:45 PM

Yea, we plan on upgrading ram down the road and switching from XP 32 bit to XP 64 bit or Win7 64 bit. I've made one minor change and that is to switch the WD HD for a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750gb.
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June 8, 2010 9:34:55 PM

Not too shabby for 500 bones!
You'll need a $20 dvd drive.
nice build.
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